Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 221

One Summer Day in Rome by Mark Lamprell | The Silence Between Us by Alison Gervais | Like A Love Story by Abdi Nazemian | Normal People by Sally Rooney | Severance by Ling Ma | The Order of Nature by Josh Scheinert

Just a little housekeeping: In case you haven’t noticed, I changed my blog theme yesterday so don’t be alarmed if things are a little different. If you’re looking for the comment section, you can find it on top just to the right of the blog post date and below the post title. Click on the comments, and away you go. Thank you!

Truth be told, most of these books were found through booktube. Honestly, watching booktube isn’t conducive to my financial health. *facepalm* Since I started watching them, I ended up placing an order through Book Outlet, bought a couple of indie books, downloaded a couple of romance novels, and ordered quite a few books from Amazon as well. But I promise myself I’m not buying any more books. *fingers crossed*

I read 9 books in total last week. To be fair, I was sick for a couple of days so I didn’t go to work. I wasn’t able to listen to any audiobooks because my ears were plugged as they were. I’m so sick of being sick, y’all. I feel like I’ve been saying that all summer long. I got my husband and my boy sick as well. I’m thankful that it’s the long weekend and my boy doesn’t start school until Wednesday. This at least gives him time to recover.

Here are the books I read last week:

Outfox by Sandra Brown | The Stationery Shop by Marjan Kamali | On Earth, We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Voung | How to Knit A Love Song by Rachel Herron | The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

  • Outfox by Sandra Brown (4/5) was about a serial killer who victimizes rich women. I enjoyed this one as to be expected.
  • The Stationery Shop by Marjan Kamali (4/5) was so beautiful and sublime. It’s about these two teens in 1953 Iran who met and instantly fall in love but circumstances happen and they got separated. Sixty years later, they meet again. Love, love.
  • On Earth, We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong (4/5) is a memoir written by a Vietnamese-American poet who wrote a letter to his mother who can’t read or write. So I think his intention was to relieve himself of every sad and bad experiences he suffered under the hands of those he loved — including that of his mother.
  • How to Knit A Love Song by Rachel Herron (4/5) was a quirky contemporary romance set in Small Town, USA. Those are the best ones, aren’t they?
  • The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock (4/5) was so sad and hopeful and I just loved it.
Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas | A Boy at the Edge of the World by David Kingston Yeh | How to Knit a Heart Back Home by Rachel Herron | Good Luck Charm by Helena Hunting
  • Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas (4/5) was a romance featuring an older man and a younger woman. There’s a 19-year gap between them. What’s worse is that he is her boyfriend’s dad. Really enjoyed this one.
  • A Boy at the Edge of the World by David Kingston Yeh (4/5) is a Canadian lit about this former gay hockey player — his trial and tribulations, loves and heartaches. I enjoyed this one, too.
  • How to Knit A Heart Back Home (3/5) is the sequel to How to Knit A Love Song. It’s not as strong as the first book, but it was still enjoyable.
  • Good Luck Charm by Helena Hunting. (2/5) I thought for sure I would enjoy it, considering it’s a trope I enjoy the most reading: second chance romances.

Man, this post got away from me. Sorry it’s too long.

How did your week go?

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 220

The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa | Books for Living by Will Schwalbe | Ziggy, Stardust & Me by James Brandon | Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane | The Starlight Claim by Tim Wynne-Jones | The Savior’s Champion by Jenna Moreci | Rainy Day Friends by Jill Shalvis | About that Kiss by Jill Shalvis | The Mothers by Brit Bennett | Save Me From Dangerous Men by S.A. Lelchuk

Last week was probably the most active I’ve been on the blog this year. It really feels good to be back. Can you believe that I’m even motivated to film a video? I don’t know…whenever I watch booktubers, it blows my mind how much easier it looks. But then I’ll make an attempt and I get so flustered and anxious once the camera starts rolling. Lol.

I did try to film one last night for my Instagram story but since you’re only allowed a maximum of 15 secs, I kept getting cut off. So I abandoned it altogether. If any of you have any suggestions on how I can post a 7:46 minute-long story on Instagram, please let me know.

On to my bookhaul. Y’all, I went ham on book buying last week. I hate myself. I was doing so well, too. But that’s it for me. I will try to keep my purchases down to a minimum for the next little while. I got one book for review (unsolicited) from Candlewick Press. It’s called The Starlight Claim by Tim Wynne-Jones — about this boy whose best friend disappeared. But when he decided to come looking for him, he encountered a group of men who escaped from prison. It’s a short book so I’m going to endeavour to write a review for it before its release date of September 10th.

Thank you, Sylvia Chan of Candlewick Press for this finished copy.

I read three books from the pile above last week:

The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa. This is a Japanese book translated by Phillip Gabriel, which tells the story of Nana the Cat and his owner Satoru. This was such a sad, beautiful piece of literature, y’all. I cried. For reals.

Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane is a book about two families who are irrevocably entwined. I loved this one, too. The story focused on Peter and Kate and how they were forbidden to be together because of their respective families’ roles in the tragedy that happened when they were only fourteen years old.

Save Me From Dangerous Men by S.A. Lelchuk. This is a pulp fiction in its rawest form about a private detective who gets entangled with a case of hi tech espionage and mayhem. I also love that she’s a bookstore owner and a refuge for abused women by day.

OTHER BOOKS READ LAST WEEK:

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert | Kids of Appetite by David Arnold| The Day He Came Back by Penelope Douglas | Arctic Heat by Annabeth Albert | Bad Influence by Stephanie London | Bad Reputation by Stephanie London

That’s it for my update this week. I hope you’ll have a week full of awesome books and great weather!

Happy reading, y’all.

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 219

Recursion by Blake Crouch | Lake Silence by Anne Bishop | Outfox by Sandra Brown | Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis | The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman | Three Daughters of Eve by Elif Shafak

I am all of a sudden inspired this week! I don’t know what happened. But I think my decision to be somewhat active on Twitter was the catalyst for me to start blogging again. As well, I feel like a tremendous weight has been lifted off my shoulders recently. It’s the fact that I no longer have any deadline for reviews and no blog tours to participate in. After coming to the conclusion that I can never be the responsible blogger that I desperately aimed to be all these years, I was able to write some reviews for future postings and be an active blog commenter again. But in all honesty, it’s you, dear bloggers. Those who hasn’t given up on blogging even though our outlet is becoming less and less popular nowadays. YOU INSPIRE ME TO KEEP GOING. Because at this point, the comments no longer matter. There is no more competition.

Thank you so much for all your well wishes. I am feeling so much better. I just need to catch up on sleep so I can go back to my fitness routine. I managed to go to the gym 5 out of the 7 days this week, so that’s progress. Food-wise, still no appetite since my throat is still recovering.

BOOKS READ THIS WEEK

City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson | The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk | I’ve Been Meaning To Tell You by David Chariandy | She Rides Shotgun by Jordan Harper

Beginner’s Luck by Kate Clayborn | Literally by Lucy Keating | The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa

My favourite reads of the week is a toss up between The Beauty That Remains and The Travelling Cat Chronicles.  

I’ve been supplementing my reads with audiobooks so I’m managing to read 4 or 5 books a week. Since I’m on a time crunch with a goal to read at least 25 per month, having my Libby app has been such a huge help.

How’s your week been? Read any good books lately?

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 217

Vengeful by V.E. Schwab | To Obama by Jeanne Marie Laskas | Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare | Crossing the Line by Simone Elkeles | Your Own Worst Enemy by Gordon Jack | Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor | Shade by Pete Souza | Make Blackout Poetry | One Day in December by Josie Silver

My first Hoarders post of the year! Let’s hope I don’t make a habit of this. This pile includes the books I got for Christmas which, sadly consisted of only two books: Shade by Pete Souza and Make Blackout Poetry. Mind you, there were only three books on my list last year, so 2 out of 3 ain’t bad. (The other is Michelle Obama’s Becoming – sold out. Womp. Womp.).

A friend of mine from the gym lent me two books before the Christmas holidays. Unfortunately, I haven’t had the chance to read them: One Day in December, and the other, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. There’d been so much talk about how awesome One Day in December is so I borrowed it from her after she raved about it.

READ THIS WEEK:

Ru by Kim Thúy was a memoir of a Vietnamese woman’s journey from being one of the boat people fleeing strife in Vietnam to her life as a migrant in Canada. This was such a short book and I’m sad to say that her story wasn’t was affective as I’d hoped it would be.

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult was your typical fare from this author. It was sublime, sad, completely immersive and if you’re not watching, it would hit you where it would hurt the most.

The Immortalists was a popular book last year but I didn’t pick it up until I saw it on my Libby app. It was a good read but not earth-shattering.

That’s my semi-update for the week. Let me know what you got up to in my comments below!

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Hoarders Books Edition: Episode 216

The Moor’s Last Sight by Salman Rushdie | Shalimar the Clown by Salman Rushdie | Make Trouble by Cecile Richards | The Curse of Tenth Grave by Darynda Jones | Eleventh Grave in Moonlight by Darynda Jones | The Trouble with Twelfth Grave by Darynda Jones | If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio

Hey, All. 

So November has come and gone, Christmas is upon us, and the end of 2018 is almost nigh. 

I wish I can say it had been a productive year – blog wise, but I would be lying. I have accepted the fact that blogging will be a sporadic thing for me now. I will blog when I can but remain a reading dynamo for the rest of my natural born life. 

Black Friday is always a great day to go hunting for book sales so that’s pretty much what this post is about. 

Book Outlet Canada had their 30% off sale and I took advantage. Though, if I may recall, I did not practice any self control in 2017. At the end of the day, I ended up with several boxes of books. This year, however, I managed to control the urge and limited myself to a box of 8 books. I do have another batch in my shopping cart but I’m going to have to postpone checking it out on account of: Christmas. 

I finally gave in and bought whatever books I’m missing for my Salman Rushdie library. As well, I’m only one book away from having all the Charley Davidson books in my possession. The 13th book comes out in 2019 which is not too far away now. If We Were Villains has been on my wish list forever so when I saw it at a discounted price, I snapped it up right away. 

I feel like Make Trouble by Cecile Richards deserves a post all on her own because it was ah-mazing. Once I get my thoughts in order, that is. 

I think this will be it for now. I have a million blog posts to get through. 

Happy reading!

xoxo

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 215


The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie | Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie | The Trust by Ronald H. Balson | Karolina’s Twins by Ronald H. Balson

A couple of weeks ago, I shared a post about my newly discovered authors and their works. I’ve been on the hunt for those books and so happy to say to finally have these in my arsenal. I am, however, still on the lookout for the first Liam Taggart & Catherine Lockhart series, Saving Sophie. I’m sure I can easily order it online but money’s tight so I’ve resorted to finding books from the thrift shops.

I’ve started The Satanic Verses but since Rushdie’s writing is a bit cerebral than what I’m used to, it’s taking a bit of time. I would really like to start on the Balson series but I need to find Saving Sophie first.

Reading Updates:

Unfortunately, I didn’t make any headway with the books I’d planned last week. Heck, I haven’t even crack open any of the books. I’m determined to get them done this week, however.

Books Read Last Week:

I adore Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal. It was such a lovely, delightful book about food, family, and love. Fall by Kristen Callihan was awesome as well. Jax Blackwood was so angst-y and sexy – just the kind of guy I love reading about. 🙂 All the Missing Girls’ format just didn’t work for me. It was confusing as heck. Lastly, The Lost Symbol completes my Dan Brown library, and will be looking forward to reading more from him.

That’s it for my week, everyone. I hope yours was great as well.

Happy Reading!

xoxo

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 214


Daughters of Castle Deverill by Santa Montefiore | Vox by Christina Dalcher | An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green | Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram | Seafire by Natalie C. Parker | International Guy Vol. 2 by Audrey Carlan | The Fling Club by Tara Brown | Hard Sell by Lauren Layne

Hello, dear readers.

Welcome to an overdue book haul post.

These are just some of the books I’ve received for review recently. I have a few more but I don’t want to bore you with an unnecessarily long post. Besides which, I’ve already read a few of those and even some featured in this post. These books are from Simon & Schuster Canada, Penguin Random House Canada, and Thomas Allen & Sons Ltd – thank you so much for the continued patronage even though I’ve been a horrible partner as of late. Rest assured that I’m slowly trying to get my act together.

From Net Galley:

Believe it or not, I’ve already read these as well. I downloaded these books last week and because two of them are romance, I read them quite fast. Romance reads tend to be like an open can of Pringles for me. Lol. Also, holy hell. Summoned to Thirteenth Grave! A much-awaited series ender. I devoured it one night. I’m freaking mad at myself because, not only do I have to wait till I can get my hands on a hard copy, I also need to wait for Beep’s series. Gah.

I will be a part of a re-read blog tour for the Charley Davidson series in November so keep your eyes peeled for that. I think I’m supposed to read book nine.

Anywho, I hope you’re having a great reading week.

xoxo

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 213


The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan | The Husband Hour by Jamie Brenner | The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo | The Familiar by Mark Z. Danielewski | White Fur by Jardine Libaire

Heyyyy.

Ugh. Work kicked my ass last week! I did not have a moment to spare and by the time I get home, all I wanted to do is to park my carcass in bed and get under the covers! I’m hoping things will be different this week. Weather is cooperating at least. We’ve been having sunshine and pretty sultry temperatures. Not great for my hair but I’ve been taking advantage and getting my steps in.

READ LAST WEEK

I loved Louise Bay’s books except for The Ruthless Gentleman. I didn’t see any ruthlessness from the character, to be frank. Heart Berries was an astounding novel. So fierce, fearless and powerful.

And with that, my Goodreads reading challenge deficit is now a surplus! I’m one book ahead of my goals which makes me so happy! I didn’t think I’ll get here but here we are.

Unfortunately, my reading plans didn’t pan out so well in the last couple of weeks so I don’t know what I’m going to read next. I’m still working on finishing the couple of books on my TBR (Blood Fury by JR Ward and The Break by Katherena Vermette). I just added another book to my reading queue as well – All the Little Lights by Jamie McGuire. I should just give in and download the audiobooks for the first two as I’m getting tired of seeing them on my pile.

Anywho, let me know how your week has been, peeps.

Happy reading.

xoxo

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 212


Circe by Madeline Miller | Only Human by Syvail Neuvel | The Optimistic Decade by Heather Abel | Aftermath by Kelley Armstrong | Folded Notes from High School by Matt Doren | The Foreseeable Future by Emily Adrian | All the Little Lights by Jamie McGuire

Thanks to Penguin Random House Canada for my copies of Only Human & Aftermath. As well, to Ambur Hostyn of Thomas Allen & Sons Ltd. for my copies of All The Little Lights & The Optimistic Decade. Much love to Penguin Teen Canada for my copies of Folded Notes and The Foreseeable Future. 

Hello.

I hope you all had a fantastic weekend. We had our Victoria Day here in Canada so just getting off a three-day weekend. I had planned on catching up and doing some blog-hopping but that didn’t pan out. I also did a mini-readathon of sorts to finish the books I’d started from a while back. I managed to finish these two from my pile:

Heart Berries is a beautiful memoir about a Native American woman who struggled with mental illness while coping with her difficult relationships with her mom and the man with whom she couldn’t seem to cut ties. It’s at times funny, emotional, heartrending, and frustrating. I enjoyed this slight but equally powerful book.

How to Survive A Summer by Nick White was also incredibly moving. It’s about a conversion camp for teens and what the main character went through. It was a tough read, to say the least.

So for last week, I managed to read a total of four books in total. Hot Asset by Lauren Layne was a fun read but to be honest, I was more interested in finding out why Ian Bradley was being set up more than the romance. Overall, I liked it.

Seeing Red is a quintessential Sandra Brown so of course, I loved it.

On the Blog This Week

Reviews of Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka, Radio Silence by Alice Oseman, Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot.
Books from the Backlog featuring: For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund.

Currently Reading

I’m working on reading my review copies so from last week, so I still have Love & Luck and The Color of Bee Larkham’s Murder. But I might reinforce these reads with audiobooks. In the meantime, still working on finishing Blood Fury by JR Ward. It seems I’ve been reading this thing for years. Sigh.

I hope you’ll have a great week of reading, y’all.

 

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Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 211


A Higher Loyalty by James Comey | The Shape of Water by Guillermo del Torro | Hero At the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton | The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo | Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren


Hello.

How’s your weekend so far? Well, I’m drafting this post on a Saturday (the week past) because I’m trying to catch up. I had this scheduled last week but that was a hectic week for me and my family that I didn’t get to actually write the post. I only downloaded the picture but didn’t touch it.

Life Lately

So yes, it’s been an incredibly busy week for us. One of the reasons why I wasn’t able to drop by your blogs was that I was trying to reach a fitness milestone at my gym. I set out a goal to be the first person to have taken a thousand classes, so I did. I reached it two weeks before my one year anniversary.

I battled with all kinds of aches and pains throughout but the reward of bragging rights made it all worth it. Lol. Besides the fact that it helped me lose 50 lbs and gain an incredible amount of self-confidence in the process, that is. My next goal is to lose more. I need to lose 20 more lbs but I’m having a tougher go at it this time. My self-control with food on the weekends isn’t as great as it used to be. So losing a couple of pounds during the week is usually negated by the time Monday rolls around. Story of my life.

Ah Spring. The sounds of birds, the open windows, the annoying allergies. It’s been awful this year, to tell you the truth. I often wake up with puffy eyes and stuffed up nose. I can’t go outside so my step count stats are suffering. Sigh.

On Reading

I’m continually making great strides. With the help of audiobooks, romance novels on my Kindle, and actually finding an efficient way to use my time, I’m able to get back on the saddle again.

On Blogging

I’ve actually sat down and created a schedule for myself. I’m happy to announce that I’ve got a full schedule for May. That is, I’m hoping I’ll be able to sit down and draft the posts I wanted to go up.

This is it for me, y’all. Let me know if you’ve read any of the books on my stack. I’m keen to read the James Comey tell all first but I have a few books to get through first.

Happy reading!

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